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Cost Savings, Limitless Possibilities and Flexibility

The advantages of the cloud should be top of mind.

F irst of, you can achieve tremendous cost savings by outsourcing your datacenter to the cloud. Having your own datacenter means you’ll have to make huge hardware investments up front. Your hardware also needs to be updated on a regular basis and any outages or issues must be solved on short notice. To guarantee this kind of support, you will need a team of system engineers. That’s very expensive. In the cloud you have sheer unlimited storage and computing power at your disposal. As a result Microsoft can achieve substantial economies of scale. Microsoft is also responsible for keeping all your servers up to date. That means your IT burden is significantly reduced.

O n the benefits side, we first need to consider the resiliency of the cloud. By applying redundancy and fail-over, up-time is guaranteed 99.9% of the time. Cloud solutions also offer elasticity and scalability. Using the Azure Portal, you can scale up and down with one push of the button or even auto-scale based on resource usage. In this self-provisioning model, no human intervention is required. Another important notion is the fact that you don’t pay for the overcapacity caused by occasional peek traffic. The billing model is very fair and straight-forward as it’s based on pay-per-use. You also need to consider the limitless possibilities of the cloud. You can use existing capabilities like you did before or you can choose entirely new ways to solve your business challenges. As an example, think of Optical Character Recognition (OCR) as part of Azure Cognitive Services. The cloud brings true innovation in reach of the business. Simply experiment with new ideas and then “scale or fail” without big upfront investments or risks. And finally, there’s the reduced complexity. The cloud was built for light-weight, fast and agile development. Let’s say you replace your BizTalk integration solution by Azure App Services. Building a BizTalk solution is a complex affair that will cost you a lot of time and money. Also BizTalk has a very steep learning curve. From practice we can say Azure App Services is much easier to learn. Integrations can now be built much faster, so that you can quickly adapt to changing market conditions or increase profitability by launching innovative concepts.

In summary:
  • Cost Reduction –> Replace On-Prem DataCenter
  • Outsourcing -> Reduced IT Burden
  • On-Demand Usage -> Self-Provisioning, Measured Usage
  • Elasticity / Scalability -> Pay-per-Use, Scale Up, Scale Out
  • Resiliency -> Redundancy and Fail-Over
  • Innovation / Agility -> New Possibilities, Scale or Fail